Mr. Baseball. Bartell vs Hartnett. Pudge. The Flying Dutchman. The Say-Hey Kid.
I watched this movie a couple days ago for the first time in years and it was great. I forgot how good Tom Selleck was in the movie and I gotta say that it’s probably one of my favorite Baseball films of all time. I understand some may disagree with that statement but I don’t care. Also, it produced an awesome quote that I gotta admit is very applicable to my own life:
“Four things that I accept about myself: Problems with authority, the attention span of a gnat, a bad right knee, and trouble understanding women.” – Jack Elliott
September 13th, 1932. Dick Bartell of the Philadelphia Phillies attempts to score on an inside the park home run against Hall of Fame Catcher Gabby Hartnett of the Chicago Cubs. While he was tagged out on the play, this photo is still one of the most incredible Baseball related photos I have ever seen.
If there is one thing that Boston Red Sox Catcher Carlton Fisk did not like, I would have to say it was the New York Yankees. This photo captures Pudge perfectly as he attempts to throwdown on a member of the Bronx Bombers. On a side note; when I was very young and first started to learn about Baseball I thought his last name was “Fist.” Not sure why as I had his Baseball cards and knew how it was spelled. Maybe I subconsciously knew he was a bad-ass?
September 18th, 1908. Honus Wagner of the Pittsburgh Pirates at-bat against the New York Giants. What is odd about this photo is that Wagner is batting left handed and he was most certainly not a left handed hitter. I googled around a little bit and found that sometimes he would attempt to bat left handed when he was in a slump or having a particular bad day at the plate. Kinda cool piece of info don’t you think? Oh yeah, thats Hall of Fame catcher Roger Bresnahan behind the plate so that makes the photo even cooler.
1957. Willie Mays sits in the dugout at the old Polo Grounds during the Giants last season in New York before heading out West to San Francisco.